Ardrishaig to Crinan to The Crinan Canal Cruise National Cycyle Route No78

Ardrishaig to Crinan – The Crinan Canal Cruise – National Cycle Route No78

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A 9 mile flat and easy cycle route which takes you from the small village of Ardrishaig at
one end of the Crinan Canal along the canal towpath to the village of Crinan following the path of National Cycle Route No78. Cycle hire is available from Argyll Activities, Pier Square, Ardrishaig.

Ardrishaig is a loch side village at the southern entrance to the Crinan Canal in Argyll, western Scotland. The village is located on the side of a hill bordering Lock Fyne. It has a pier, a lighthouse, a couple pubs and antiques shops and hotels.

Starting from West Bank Road in Ardrishaig cycle out of the village northwards along West Bank Road in the direction of Lochgilphead. As you cycle along follow the route of The Crinan Canal which is on your right hand side as you cycle along. The Crinan canal which opened in 1801 takes its name from the village of Crinan which is located at its westerly end. Nine miles long, it connects the village of Ardrishaig on Loch Gilp. The canal has essentially no height limit, and is a popular route today for yachts to travel from the Firth of Clyde to the west coast of Scotland. The canal was originally built for commercial sailing vessels and later Clyde puffers to travel between the industrialised region around Glasgow to the West Highland villages and islands.

After about three quarters of a mile West Bank Road takes you over the canal as you approach Lochgilphead. When you have crossed over the canal BEAR LEFT following the route of the canal. Continue along the route of the canal and after about three quarters of a mile past Lochgilphead you reach Cairnbaan. As you round the left hand bend at Cairnbaan you pass a set of locks. Just to the north of Cairnbaan lies Kilmartin Glen where there are hundreds of ancient marked stones dating back to the Bronze Age. As you cycle along the 2 mile section of the route between Cairnbaan and Bellanoch you pass The Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve on your right hand side.
From Bellanoch you cycle the last one and a quarter miles of the route to Crinan, following the route of the canal all the way. Which takes you round to the right of the small headland and in to the village of Crinan. The end of your cycle ride.
The small village of Crinan and is situated at the end of The Crinan Canal on The Sound of Jura. Crinan has a harbour and is best known as the western entrance to the Crinan Canal. It has a coffee shop and hotel and looks out across Loch Crinan to Duntrune Castle.

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